When people tend to hear the word fat they immediately think it means something bad when in reality fats can be very beneficial to us. Fats help us with things such as the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K, keeping hair and skin healthy, and helping to insulate our bodies to keep us warm and protect our inner organs. The trick is knowing what type of fats we should and should not consume.

Dietary fats have six major roles in our bodies. These roles include things such as providing us with energy, helping to make and balance our hormones, forming cell membranes, forming our brain and nervous system, the transportation of fat-soluble vitamins, and giving us two fatty acids that we can’t make on our own. We find that most of these dietary fats are some type of combination of saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fatty acids. In order to eat more foods that have this balance, we can consume foods such as dairy, eggs, fatty fish, wild game, poultry, fresh coconut, avocados, nuts, and seeds. These types of food naturally have a balance of different types of fats, which will allow us to thrive at our best.

Fats are separated into four types: saturated fats, trans fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. All four types of fat each contain 9 calories per gram, yet those 9 calories are not created equally among the four types. Saturated and trans fats are both what we consider to be